RDI is excited to launch our fall “Meet the Candidates” series, where we will bring in candidates from across the political spectrum who are committed to renewing liberal democracy in America today. Our first candidate is Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, running in the Democratic primary for Governor of Massachusetts.
Since ancient times, demagogues have exploited fear and fomented bigotry to scapegoat minorities, overturn rule of the people, and seize power for themselves. Even Aristotle was opposed to democracy, because he thought it was too easy for demagogues to use the tools of democracy to establish tyranny. Their fears weren’t unfounded. Adolf Hitler, Hugo Chavez, and Vladimir Putin were all elected democratically before they used the power of elected office to destroy democracy itself.
America is especially vulnerable to demagogues today. The common story of America is quickly unraveling, and polarization has resulted in two nations: based on party affiliation and holding separate values, heroes, and histories. How can we reweave the disparate stories of our country, reclaim a unifying national heritage, and recommit ourselves to an America where “all men are created equal?”
Join RDI on August 12 at 6 pm EDT for a virtual discussion between Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens on Democracy, Demagogues, and the Story of America.
Tickets are free, but limited, and are first-come, first-served. Please reserve your spot now, while seats are still available! We hope you can also join our private conversation, post-event, with Allen and Stephens. We can’t wait to see you there!